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Voting News: Election hangover,Bush V Gore legacy. N.Carolina still counting IRV contest

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Champaign Ill Cnty Clerk compares return rate of emailed vs snail-mailed blank overseas military ballots....MN GOP candidate Emmer to withdraw some ballot challenges..MN counties await payment for election docs political parties demanded..Steven Schlesinger,atty for Johnson(D) count..said New York's new optical scanning machines "suck," and estimated 40 percent failed a required audit..Report: Barriers to Voting Access at 3 out of 4 NY Polling Sites..Election Hangover - The real legacy of Bush v. Gore...

All this and more in today's voting news below...


AL: Jefferson CO, AL: Nell Hunter has retired after servicing 47 years as voter registrar http://www.votelaw.com/blog/archives/006485.html 

AL: Illegally placed campaign signs may get the "death penalty" in Huntsville
http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/12/illegally_placed_campaign_sign.html 

CA: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Glitch cited for Measure M recount (reporting error)
http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_pension03.4207f6a.html 
On election night, a computer problem led to early results not properly showing the number of precincts reporting. Officials have insisted the vote totals were accurate. The problem, along with late-arriving voters, led to delays in posting of results

CO: Fort Collins to consider instant-runoff voting
http://www.ncbr.com/article.asp?id=54882 


CT: Democratic Registrar of Voters Talks Ballots, Cross-Endorsement
http://newtown.patch.com/articles/democratic-registrar-of-voters-talks-ballots-cross-endorsement  LeReine Frampton wants to clarify how cross-endorsement works.

IL: FPCA Ballot Return Rates (ballots requested by overseas military voters)
http://blog.champaigncountyclerk.com/2010/12/03/fpca-ballot-return-rates/ 
For this election, we had 213 voters who requested a ballot through email and 583 who requested it through regular mail. We had a 27% return rate for the email ballots and a 40% return rate for mail ballots. For military voters, who seemed to be the primary focus of the law, we had 16 out of 41 email ballots returned (28%) against 93 out of 155 mail ballots returned (38%).

MA: Easton asked to close schools for statewide elections
http://www.enterprisenews.com/topstories/x652139263/Easton-School-Committee-asked-to-close-school-for-statewide-elections 

MN: A Note on Reconcilation in Minnesota
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/comments/index.php?ID=7977 
It looks as is if, going forward, "reconciliation" will be the main issue in the still-unresolved gubernatorial election in Minnesota.

MN: Dayton withdraws 'frivolous' challenges
http://www.startribune.com/politics/recount/111236354.html 

MN: Emmer to withdraw some ballot challenges
http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/111267109.html But in saying so, he also laid heavy stress on one of the arguments that would likely be used in a court challenge if DFLer Mark Dayton is declared the winner after the recount, a standard known as "reconciliation."

MN: Counties Await Payment For Requested Election Documents
http://www.keyc.com/node/44637 Two weeks ago the County sent letters to both parties requiring a 1,000 dollar down payment.They say the DFL Party has paid...but the Republican Party has not...Kennedy says, "To date we haven't received anything yet."And other counties say they're facing the same problem.
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Both Nicollet County and Waseca County were threatened with litigation by the Republican Party if documents were not completed in a timely manner.Kennedy says, "Then we were notified that with threatened litigation that if we didn't have that available that they would pursue another means of obtaining that information and or suing the city basically."And now much of the work ready, neither party has arranged to pick up the completed documents in Nicollet County.

MN: Emmer, Minn. GOP weigh risks of election lawsuit
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/nation/emmer-minn-gop-weigh-risks-of-election-lawsuit-1097287.html As a recount in the Minnesota governor's race nears completion with no evidence that it will change the outcome, the Republican candidate and his party face a critical decision: whether to contest the result in court or step aside and let Democrat Mark Dayton take office.

NC: Margin narrows in NC Court of Appeals contest (91 of 100 counties tally in)
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/12/03/841836/margin-narrows-in-nc-court-of.html 
State elections director Gary Bartlett said late Friday election officials in 91 counties had completed counting the second round of instant runoff ballots in the race between Judge Cressie Thigpen and Doug McCullough. The other counties were expected to finish Monday.

ND: Burleigh County Sheriff's Department investigates whether men voted twice
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_9a4b2c58-ff0f-11df-9c94-001cc4c03286.html Glatt said the possible irregularity was discovered during an audit. (2 men may have voted early and on election day)

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